Several generations after his great-grandmother Margaret Manson leaves Scotland for the rugged Pacific Northwest, Jack Manson, becomes intrigued when some of the unresolved mysteries of Margaret’s adventures surface.
On a construction site in modern day Victoria, workers uncover an old journal and discover it belonged to Jack’s great grandfather, Margaret’s husband, who was washed overboard and lost on his way to Victoria. Jack rallies his friends and colleagues to help solve the unknowns, especially the reference to Spanish gold in the journal. They work together to decipher the journal and solve a generations-old family riddle from Jack’s family. As they try to solve these puzzles, the subject of Spanish gold creates serious interest and complications from others with powerful gang connections as far as Vancouver and Hong Kong.
So again, they are thrown together into a complicated web of confusion, deceit and danger as they try to solve the mysteries of Margaret Manson’s great West Coast adventure.
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Novel Notes: The Cascadia Megathrust Earthquake
Considering my claim that most of the content of my stories are based on true events, some of my readers have challenged me about this section of Westcoast Bounty. “Did that really happen?”
Sadly, I have to say “Yes, it really did happen, much to the surprise and horror of thousands of residents of the BC and Washington coast at the time.” Because of the skills of modern seismic detectives, we even know the time at which it happened. Although nobody on the coast had the technology to record that event, the scientists in Japan kept very accurate records of such happenings, and when an ‘orphan tsunami’ showed up one day about ten hours later, they could calculate where it came from. This works out to about 9:00 PM, January 26, 1700, when the Cascadia subduction zone ruptured over 620 miles long with an average slip of 66 feet, resulting in an estimated 8.7-9.2 magnitude earthquake! Read Westcoast Bounty or ask Mr. Google to learn more.